I am writing in favor of Benton County Proposition 14-7, and urging Benton County voters to support this non-binding advisory measure on the Nov. 4 ballot. If enacted, the proposition would establish a Conservation Futures Fund from property tax revenue which will provide capital for acquiring land from willing sellers to preserve open space for public recreational opportunities, preserve agricultural lands, and conserve wildlife habitat. The incredible success of Badger Mountain demonstrates the increased need for accessible open space, hiking and biking trails built and maintained by local volunteers, and other recreational opportunities for as a little as $12 annually for an average household. Funds could also be used to make Benton County eligible for matching state and federal grants that would otherwise go to other counties. Thirteen of Washington’s 39 counties have a Conservation Futures fund, including Spokane and Ferry counties in Eastern Washington. Please vote for Proposition 14-7 and help protect our county’s unique land, water, wildlife and recreational opportunities for future generations to enjoy and preserve.